parkrun 199 #thisgirlcan

Tring parkrun is world famous. Whenever you see a photo from parkrun HQ of parkrunners on a grassy hill, the odds are it's Tring. That's what ensured it's place on our parkrun bucket list, and when a friend moved to the area last year we finally had the perfect excuse to make the journey. The trouble is, it was December and covered in snow and ice which made it a somewhat slippery affair.

Fast forward a few months and we were lucky enough to have another opportunity, and this time the weather could not have been more different. The photos don't do it justice; glorious meadows, beautiful trees, and a perfect blue sky greeted us.

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This weeks RD Katie giving the runners their briefing

Whilst I was volunteering this time, my wife and nine year old son ran. Tring couldn't be more different from our home parkrun of York, which is all on smooth tarmac and is one of the flattest courses anywhere in the world. They both agree that the first and last kilometres at Tring are the hardest due to the hills so took plenty of walking breaks to catch their breath and enjoy the views. The best bit for them was running downhill through the woods towards the monument, and the marshals ringing cowbells (we absolutely adore that Tring has cow marshals). It was a hot one this week, particularly the last stretch on the bumpy grass, so their time was a bit slower than December, but no matter.

I was on finish token duty and had a great time. The other volunteers were a super friendly bunch who were so enthusiastic about all things parkrun and they made me feel right at home.

I also got to witness some excellent sprint finishes, and a tremendous number of runners in fancy dress for This Girl Can.

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Redbourn Runners getting into the #thisgirlcan spirit

I also really liked that there were special bibs for parkrunners to wear on their milestone runs. Timothy Fryer, Keith Henderson and Colin Baker all did their 50th runs, and Evan Billings and Hattie Corntwaite both joined the exclusive juniors 10 club.

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Keith, Colin and Timothy completing their 50th parkrun

Equally as great is the fact that 29 people were doing Tring parkrun for the first time, and for 9 of those it was their first parkrun anywhere ever. Welcome to the group, I hope you get as much out of parkrun as everyone else does.

Undoubtedly we'll be back to Tring at some point, possibly for another icy one in December. We can't wait!

Many thanks to everyone!

Ruth and Ste Robson,
York parkrun

 

Tring parkrun – Week 193 – Phew!

Well that all seemed to go pretty well! Aside from one or two teething problems we hope to have ironed out over the next few weeks it seems like the move to our new route has worked out alright!

Before we get on to the rest of the report I want to say a huge thank you to all the volunteers who helped out on the day. Essentially if everything goes well I don’t really have to do anything as Run Director, and on a day when we had a new herd of cows, a new route plus our fifth highest attendance ever it’s a testament to how great our volunteers are that I was able to wander around and chat to runners whilst everything seemed to tick over nicely. So, THANK YOU!

I also want to single out our fantastic team of Run Directors who helped set out the new course (or designed it in the case of Andy Evans), marshalled and stepped in to record those pesky barcodes that didn’t scan. On that note we have a new scanner on order which should hopefully cut down the queue – at least it wasn’t raining!

Stepping up to volunteer this week were: Andy Evans • Angela Hollands • Anna Lambert • Ben Patterson • Charlotte Severs • Clive Cohen • Frances Leff • Gary Evans • Graham Hollands • Helen Tullie • James Maple • Jim Patterson • Jonathan Sartin • Karen Hennel • Katie Haines • Keith Stonestreet • Ken Douglas • Maura Patterson • Patrick McLoughlin • Richard Murphy • Ross Lambert • Thomas Patterson • Victoria Wilson

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Finishline crew in action

We are always on the lookout for new volunteers, so if you think you could help with any of our roles on a Saturday morning, just drop us an e-mail at tringoffice@parkrun.com.

As expected we’ll be making a few tweaks and adjustments ahead of the run this Saturday, but nothing major. One thing we would ask is that you are mindful of how you leave the park after finishing the run, trying not to walk across the ‘racing’ line as other runners are finishing. We’ll do our best to keep the scanning queue to a minimum but if it does build up please keep to one side and cheer the other runners in whilst you’re waiting.

Thank you to everyone for sticking to the guidance on under-11s – just like the ‘no barcode, no result’ rule this is one that we have to enforce. We don’t mind a sprint finish where your little one can leave you for dust but during the rest of the run they should be within arm’s reach. Likewise all dogs need to be kept on a short lead and with the narrower start you may want to start to one side or at the back, making your way through as the field thins out.

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Emerging from the valley

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A slightly different shape in the far distance as runners exit the valley and climb the hill

As for the new course the general consensus seems to be that it was either:
a) A bit harder
b) Much harder
c) A bit easier

It certainly looked a bit harder and I know from buggy running through the valley that it’s not flat! We’re glad you seemed to enjoy it though and welcome any other feedback you have.

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Competitive finishline action

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And some more

Whilst we’ve publicly explained that the course change is due to a request from the ‘Ancient Tree Forum’ to avoid root damage around the old start/finish, I can actually reveal that it was due to possible damage to the Tring supercomputer which is stored directly beneath the original start line – as we grow ever popular the added footfall was simply causing havoc with our algorithms.

Thankfully, with catastrophic stats failure avoided I can reveal that last Saturday:
• Nobody reached any of the main parkrun milestones – the last time this happened was in early October last year.
• Chris Nicholls has recorded 7 PBs in the last 7 parkruns, Tia Kerr-Miller has recorded 4 in 4 and Kelly Lane, Iain Middleton, Alice Fisher, Adrienne Garner, Anna Taylor, Simon Cowie, Rob Billings, Colin Hamnett, David Taylor, Gavin Morden and Callum Hunter-Whitehouse have all had 2 PBs in the last 2.
• In addition, Nathan Cook has recorded 5 PBs in his last 5 appearances, Chris Fielden and Simon Cowie 4 in 4 and Tim Shepherd-Smith, Michael Hart, Fergus Green and Luke Parker all 3 in 3.
• Of the runners who have run at least 5 times, the biggest PB improvements were Rob Billings (3:53), David Taylor (2:43), Ella Kingston (2:00), Chris Fielden (1:59), Robyn Neill (1:46), Thomas Fielden (1:44), Evan Billings (1:39), Holly Williams (1:36), Sara Jones (1:36) and Mark Ashley (1:35)
• Simon Beedell recorded the 2nd fastest ever time in the VM35-39 with his 18:11, Jenny Morgan ran the 3rd fastest ever VW60-64 in 26:11. Simon’s time was also the fastest we have seen in 2018.
• Adrienne Garner chipped off some more time off her own 2nd best at VW70-74 and Betty Stracey recorded our 2nd best ever VW75-79.
• We welcomed back Maria Russell - 182 Tring parkruns since her last Tring parkrun – the 2nd highest ever gap.
• Of the surnames that we have seen before, the following set their own personal attendance records with 5 Greens, 5 Parkers, 4 Kents and 3 Hudghtons. In fact with 5, Green & Parker were the most numerous surnames.

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60% of our 5 Greens of the day

• We saw the surname Foskett for the 200th time and Brookmann reached 50. Good to see Weller reach 50 too after a bit of a gap.
• With 8, Chris was this week’s most numerous name. We saw David for the 500th time and Luke for the 100th. Surprisingly we saw the name Siobhan for the 1st time.
• Matthew Riggs finished 6th on his 6th parkrun

If that doesn’t get your heart racing then nothing will!

Colin Hamnett’s new PB of 22:21 was just a second too fast to claim this week’s “Aesthetically pleasing time of the week” award and likewise Peter Young’s second run in a time of 44:42 showed a complete disregard for symmetry. Gregg Leff you must try harder next time as 33:34 just doesn’t cut it! I’ll be honest, this week’s set of times weren’t really that aesthetically pleasing but after a quick look through I think Lee Robinson’s time of 31:31 will do! “Well done” everyone!

Now apparently there’s some big event happening next Saturday and all the media have been going on about it, the streets will be thronged with people, the bunting will be out and there will be cucumber sandwiches for all*. Ah yes, it’s Tring parkrun #194! See you there!

Harry

* Cucumber sandwiches and bunting not guaranteed.

For news and photos don’t forget to visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/tringparkrun and you can now follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/tringparkrun.

 

Small change….

Following a survey by the Ancient Tree Forum, they have requested, to avoid root damage, that for both the Woodland Trust events and our parkruns, people don’t gather near the trees of the Lime Avenue. We have therefore agreed to move both our start and finish with a couple of small changes to our route.

Don’t worry, we have kept closely to the previous route as we know you’d hate to lose running up those hills.

revised route

So, we’ll be gathering near the old 4km post. Starting just after that we will run down and along the valley. Don’t worry we’re not turning right up Heartbreak yet. Nor are we heading straight uphill, but instead we swing right and follow the valley to where it joins with the dip that we used to run through. Then it’s up the hill and for the next 3 km the usual route. Halfway along the A41, by the hidden pond, rather than heading up the climb towards the curly bridge, we will turn left and take a shortcut along the valley. Then it’s the usual right up Heartbreak (well we just couldn’t leave it out!) – then all the way through the avenue, with a right turn at the end, for a short sprint to the finish.

If you’re a very fast runner, please reread the above paragraph very carefully. Anyone else – simply follow the person in front of you!

We have also bought a couple of tarpaulins to put your jackets/bags on. These will be near the finish line – please use these rather than the traditional “under the trees” location.

 

Tring parkrun 192 – Scorchio!

It was a beautiful morning for what might well have been the last time we run our "classic" Tring parkrun route; starting and finishing at the foot of the Lime Tree Avenue.
 

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We had beautiful sunny morning for our 192nd parkrun at Tring

But before I get onto that, you may be wondering where last week's run report is? There isn't one. Glad we cleared that up!!

However from that week we'd like to acknowledge Kim Escritt who ran her 50th parkrun as a visitor to Tring (she's normally at Peter Pan parkrun - what a great name!!); David Taylor also ran his 50th (he normally runs at Aylesbury and has visited Tring 6 times) and our very own Stuart Page who joined the 100-club (97 of those being at Tring).
 

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Our brilliant Finish Line Team - just some of the 21 volunteers who helped make the day possible/

 

We had a great turnout of 237 runners, of whom 17 were running their first ever parkrun and 12 were visiting Tring for the first time from other parkruns.

10 people either did not have or forgot their barcodes and 2 people were tail walkers. A quick whizzz on my pocket calculator shows that 196 people therefore had the chance of a PB. 61 people managed this (the highest total since the same week - 1st week of May - last year and the 9th highest ever). That's almost 1 in 3! Well I did say at the start it felt like a "PB sort of a day"! :-)
 

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Over a quarter of Saturday's runners qualified to ring our famous PB Bell

 
Still on the theme of PBs:

  • That makes an amazing 6 in 6 weeks for Chris Nicholls.
  • 4 in 4 weeks for Eddy Guinness, 3 in 3 weeks for Isobel Roberts and Tia Kerr-Miller, 2 in 2 weeks for Samantha Hollier, Steven Boyd, Vicky Smith and Paul Beadle.
  • In addition, in his last 4 appearances, Ben Woodhams has recorded 4 PBs. Also 3 in 3 for Simon Cowie, Steven Boyd, Damien Fortune and Dave Stevens.
  • Chris Nicholls now heads the “most PBs in a Tring year” for the 2nd year in a row and moves into the 2nd highest ever total with his total of 22 PBs

 

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Adrienne Garner was the week's most senior runner; in the 71-74 age category.
She ran a very impressive 34:40, placing her among the highest age adjusted times of the day.

 
Other notable stuff includes:

  • Well done to Ben Thorn on running his 100th parkrun
  • Adrienne Garner improves her own 2nd fastest ever for the VW70-74 category
  • 50th time we have seen the surnames Valentine and Burbidge
  • 200th time we have seen the name Mark
  • 1st time we have seen 4 Harrys
  • 18 runners in the 24th minute equals the record for that minute
  • Of the runners who have run at least 5 times, the biggest PB improvements were Kevin Lynch (2:37), Samantha Hollier (2:00), Isobel Roberts (1:21), James Doyle-Tanner (1:14), Joanna Penn (1:12), Tom Brookes (1:11)
  • Jasmine Margetts managed to finish 55th on her 55th parkrun
  • A special mention goes to Lynda Hembury for running a very aesthetically pleasing time of 22:22!!
  • And let's hear it for the symmetrical Weeeeeeeees Baaaaaaall who crossed the line with a wonderfully balanced time of 43:34 (and had a close call the week before on 32:33!!)

 

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Congrats to Ben Thorn who ran his 100th parkrun

 

So, that's it for another week.

Next week will be very different. First of all our cows will be back (always interesting to meet them for the first time!!) and secondly we're changing the route!!!

Watch this space!!!!

Cheers

Ken

 

Tring parkrun 187 – Bumper, Spring colouring-in edition!

 

The colours of Spring

This week's run report aims to bring a little more colour to the exploits of 200 runners and 20 volunteers who gathered together at 9am in Tring Park on March the 31st 2018...and more!!

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This year's "on trend" Spring colours!!

Easter weekend was a dull, soggy affair; the vibrant bursts of natural Spring colours we've come to expect were sadly absent. There were glimmers of hope though. The grass in Tring Park is growing (just) the buds are budding (if you look very close) and we even found a little clump of (slightly mud splattered) daffodils not far from our Finish Line.

Apparently there are people who predict "the colours of Spring" (or any other season for that matter). In the chart above you can see where the smart money has been bet and it's fascinating stuff. Apparently all of that mud, so intent on coating itself over running shoes and kit alike, isn't brown but "Emperador"!

Who knew??

Spring has sprung in Tring Park
Brave little daffodils, resplendent in a fine livery of "meadowlark"!!
Our brightly coloured parkrunners need to pay more attention - that "red" top isn't quite "cherry tomato" if I'm not mistaken.

 

Hillingdon AC are on trend!

We had lots of lovely visitors this week, more on that below, but first a special mention to Angela, Lucy, Christina, Zoe, John, Lyndsey, Heather, Melanie, Edward, Paul and William visiting us again from Hillingdon AC.

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Welcome back to Hillingdon AC.
We were impressed by the deft combination of "little boy blue" and "cherry tomato", as modelled by Lucy in the centre!

In Lyndsey's words:

"11 members of Hillingdon AC made their way around the M25 and up the A41 for a bit of parkrun tourism. One of the group, Heather Davidson (the one with the stars on her headband), is leaving Hillingdon AC very soon for a new life in Somerset.

Heather made a visit to Tring parkrun in September 2017, when a little sunnier, and loved it so much she wanted to visit again before she leaves for her new adventure. Maybe she wanted to start getting used to some bigger hills!

Thank you for having us and making us feel welcome. Hillingdon AC always love the mud, some more than others as you can see!"

That last line refers to William who still managed a PB (as did Melanie - who we presume is his big sister) despite covering much of the finish straight in a horizontal orientation!

 

Emperador to Gold

The great thing about a first run at Tring (or any other parkrun) when it is slippy and damp is that you're virtually assured a Personal Best on your next visit! Clearly this is what the following very welcome first time parkrunners had in mind.
Well done to all of the following on what we hope will be the first of many parkruns.

  • Nathan COOK
  • Philippa DOUGHTY
  • Michael HART
  • Tom BEAL
  • Andrew PENNELL
  • Rachael MACRAE
  • Sarah COOK
  • Iwan FLETCHER
  • Ian DOUGHTY
  • Paul DOUGHTY
  • Maria KERR
  • Victoria HOBBS

We also said hello to a large group of tourists/visitors:

  • Rose SINGLETON
  • Melanie FERRIER
  • Charlie WATSON
  • Shaun NEWBERY - visiting from Colby in South Wales, and was our First Finisher this week
  • Paul LAWRENCE
  • Natalie KELL
  • Stephanie GIBBONS
  • Simon REYNOLDS - visiting from Derbyshire and running his 303rd parkrun (our highest tally on the day)
  • Graeme PAYNE
  • Sandi LATIMER
  • Kate WEBB
  • Lindsay OREJAS
  • Jonathan WOOLDRIDGE
  • Phil PERRY
  • Marie SHONE
  • Matthew RIGGS
  • Kate BROOKS
  • Tyler KERR-MILLER

 

Hi-viz heros

It's that time of the year when we struggle a bit with volunteers and so we especially welcomed the heroic efforts by everyone who spared a little of their time to make this week happen.

You can see the roster for future volunteer opportunities here: http://www.parkrun.org.uk/tring/futureroster/
Send an email to tringhelpers@parkrun.com or message us on Facebook if you'd like to help out.

Anyway - a special mention to Jim Maple. He had heart surgery on the Monday and still came to help as our "musical marshal" with an appropriate playlist at Gate 1. Thank you Jim and great to see you looking so well.

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Jim - playing music with his running shoes on. Got to love it!

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Many thank to ALL of our volunteers - just a a few of whom are pictured here

Our volunteer hall of fame this week was:

  • Alison BILL
  • Allison WILLIMENT
  • Chris BILL
  • Claire SHEPHERD
  • Edward HOPPER
  • George FLETCHER
  • James MAPLE
  • Joanna PENN
  • Jon REYNOLDS
  • Katie HAINES
  • Keith STONESTREET
  • Ken DOUGLAS
  • Matt ALLEN
  • Mike SPENCER-JONES
  • Olivia BURNEY
  • Richard LONG
  • Richard MURPHY
  • Rob ALLEN
  • Victoria WILSON
  • Wes BALL

 

A colourful "Easter Egg"

Hidden "secrets" buried in books, films, computer games and web-sites have become known as "Easter Eggs". It's perhaps not quite a secret but a new add-on to the Chrome Browser provides all manner of extra stats for the odd, unofficial challenges and volunteering heroics that parkrunners get up to.

(if you use Chrome you can find out more here.)

New results page volunteer logos
The official parkrun results site now also shows who has volunteered 25 times...

New athlete details page Unofficial parkrun challenges summary
...the Chrome "Easter Egg" goes much further and shows progress against all sorts of unofficial parkrun challenges!

Examples of challenges include:

  • Alphabeteers - have run a parkrun starting with every letter of the alphabet.
  • Groundhog day - have run exactly the same time twice or more in a row!!
  • Pirates - have ran parkruns starting with 7 Cs and an R!!!
  • Overseas - running parkruns outside of the UK.
  • Volunteering - all sorts of bronze, silver and gold awards!!!

I'll leave you to guess "Stopwatch Bingo" and "Stayin' Alive" etc.

You get the idea.

 

A kaleidoscope of amazing facts, stats and other astonishing stuff

As usual a whole world of colourful facts and figures emerge in the wake of each Tring parkrun, including quite a few surprises. For example I would have bet money that we wouldn't see a PB. Good job I'm not a betting man!

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We considered a special award for those who made best efforts to stay upright. Here you can see several of the main techniques employed e.g. "the tree assist" and the "windmill arms". The winner is the good old "give each other a helping hand".

In fact we saw 20 PBs (!!) as follows:

  • Francesca Elliot
  • Simon COWIE
  • Gareth ROBERTS - smashed his last PB by an amazing 4:31
  • Freddie TRUMAN-WILLIAMS - by a very symmetrical 1:11
  • Dan BUTLER
  • Oliver PAINTER
  • Jamie MATTHEWS
  • Kayleigh GRAY
  • Tim SHEPHERD-SMITH
  • Melanie SPENCER
  • Ben PAINTER
  • Lawrence BURTON
  • William SPENCER - 7m 23s!!!!!
  • Kenneth IVORY
  • Robyn NEILL - by an economical 4 seconds
  • Christina BENJAMIN
  • Chris NICHOLLS
  • Angela M DUNCAN
  • Charlie TRUMAN-WILLIAMS - by an impressive 43 seconds
  • Suzanne MARGETTS

We have quite a spectrum of other stuff to celebrate too

  • First of all many CONGRATULATIONS to Julian CRANE and Colin CHAPMAN who both ran their 50th parkruns and earn a red milestone T-shirt. Colin has ran all of his at Tring. Julian reached his total by running 47 times at Tring and once each at Aylesbury Duck, Bournemouth and Southwick Country.
  • Adam TANNIAN ran the 200h Tring parkrun for Bearbrook RC and Helen PAGE ran the 4,000th for Tring RC
  • We saw City of Salisbury A & RC, Windrush Triathlon Club and Northern Fells Running Clubs for the first time at Tring. Welcome!
  • The lovely Lorraine HURFORD ran her 30th Tring parkrun in a row – only the 4th person to have achieved this feat
  • Ignoring minute 28 (which must have missed the briefing) quite remarkably ALL the minutes from, and including 24 to 30, had 10 barcode finishers each!
  • We saw the name Melanie for the 50th and the names Sandi and Iwan for the first time
  • On surnames it was the 100th time we have seen the surname Raffety, and the 50th time we have seen the surname Coburn
  • Adam PAVEY finished 10th on his 10th parkrun
  • Despite the conditions, Angela DUNCAN broke her own course record for the VW75-79 age group with her time of 36:39. And Freddie TRUMAN-WILLIAMS set the 2nd fastest time for the JM11-14 age group with a time of 19:52.

 

This week's award for the most aesthetically pleasing finishing times is a three way tie between the following worthy contenders:

  • Paul MCCORMACK with a nicely mirrored 25:52
  • David PARDOE for a precise 30:00 dead
  • Chris WAGSTAFF for a nicely balanced 34:34

 

Muddy Muddy
In the "who got muddiest?" award category there were too many too choose from and so it was a draw across roughly 200 people. Honorary mentions to these two heroic efforts though!

 

Red Shift (or should that be Cherry Tomato Shift?)

Professor Stephen Hawkins (RIP) taught us about the "red shift" observed by objects travelling very, very fast. It's not a race, but is always quite impressive to see just how rapidly some can convey themselves round our challenging 5k route.

Our "first finishers" this week were

  • 1 Shaun NEWBERY in a time of 19:43, on his first visit to Tring
  • 2 Freddie TRUMAN-WILLIAMS was only 9 seconds behind with a new PB time of 19:52
  • 3 Paul CHAMBERLAIN crossed the line only 19:55 after Wes said "go"!

And...

  • Scarlett WAGER-LEIGH recorded a time of 22:56 and is making a habit now of being first finisher
  • Rose SINGLETON running Tring for the first time crossed the finish line after 25:45
  • Zoe DOBBS from our lovely Hillingdon visitors crossed with a time of 26:24

Now here is the bit I like. If you take into account age and sex you get a different picture. In which case the order was:

  • Paul CHAMBERLAIN 19:55 VM45-49, 71.72 %
  • Freddie TRUMAN-WILLIAMS 19:52 JM11-14, 71.39 %
  • Angela M DUNCAN 36:39 VW75-79, 68.62 %
  • Edward MARGETTS 23:18 VM55-59, 65.95 %
  • Scarlett WAGER-LEIGH 22:56 JW15-17, 65.92 %

 

End of the Rainbow

You get rainbows when you get rain. We don't want more rain.
But Spring really has sprung. Watch out for the first seasonal article soon covering "A year in the life of Tring Park".

Thanks again to everyone for making Tring parkrun a happy place on Saturday mornings whatever the weather and however prominent the colour Emperador is.

And we leave you with a weather and stress busting competition.......

:-)

Cheers,
Ken
(This week was a team RD effort...with Wes leading the pack, Katie doing the results and me doing this thing!)

 

COLOURING COMPETION

Colour in (or otherwise modify) the attached and send to tringhelpers@parkrun.com or post on our FB page. In fact, feel free to send us anything colourful to do with Tring parkrun or Zebras. The winner will receive a ludicrously valuable prize!!!

colour this in

 

parkrun #185 – The mini beast from the East

On a morning that dawned more bleakly than a Danish crime drama, the volunteers of Tring parkrun would have held high hopes that common sense would have prevailed amongst the runner and that everyone could remain safely tuck up in bed.

Parkrunner however, have been accused of many things having any common sense is not one of them, so it was at 9am in the amidst of the mini beast of the east 156 runners appeared over the spiral bridge to tackle our own beast.

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Of those parkrunners we welcomed 15 first timers, who didn’t let the weather stop them from completing their first run and clearly the weather condition “was a PB kind of day” for 11 lucky runners.

We celebrated two milestones, Joshua Whitton achieved his 10th parkrun and Katrina Bond reached her 100th parkrun. Congratulations to both of you.

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Katrina & Joshua

Three brave runners travelled from Sheffield through the mini beast from the east to support a family member taking on a slightly longer challenge in Ashridge on Saturday.

Sheffield

The mini beast from the east did not stop out stats computer this week ….

Katrina Bond ran her 100th parkrun

Joshua Whitton ran his 10th parkrun

2 PBs in 2 weeks for Sean Robinson
34.2% were aged 50+, the highest % this group has seen since early October 2017

Our 2 most popular minutes – minutes 28 and 29 have seen identical numbers - both have now seen 1,868 runners

1st week without an Alison running since August 2016!

1st time we have seen the names Marie, Tommy and Connie

Ella Highton becomes the 64th person to run 64 times at Tring (Way back in December 2014 she was also the 8th person to run 8 times and the 10th person to run 10 times at Tring)

Claire Hallissey set the 4th fastest time ever for the VW35-39 age group, watch this space for a few more records to tumble in her new age category

Of those who've run at least 5 times at Tring, Adam Woodhams (2:07) was the only person with a PB

Michelle Knott set a new record gap of 184 parkruns between 2 Tring parkruns, having last run at #1

2 PBs in last 2 appearances for Jonathan Hoar, Richard Pennant-Jones, Sean Robinson, Yogi Powell and Tigi Herbert

We saw the following clubs for the 1st time; Windle Valley Runners and Sheffield University Cross Country & AC

Trevor De Souza managed to finish 25th on his 25th parkrun and he almost managed the ideal time finishing in 25 minutes and ….. ……… 27 seconds – so close!!

Finally a big thanks to the volunteers who turned out in very chilly conditions to ensure that the event takes place

Jim

Andy

See you all on Saturday
Katie
Run Director

 

#parkrun 184 – Plenty of mud to keep them smiling

On a cool and grey morning on Saturday, we welcomed 199 participants to the 184th running of parkrun here in Tring.

Apart from a handful of slightly late arrivals and a sneaky dog who had managed to slip his collar and evaded his owner for some distance (he was finally collared again heading for the exit), the whole crowd managed to successfully negotiate the course, even with enough mud in the usual places to steal the shoes of any unsuspecting runner.

Jumping Mud

Cathy Bishop

Marcus and Cathy showing us how to avoid the mud

As has already been shown in the weeks' pictures, most managed the course in a pretty positive mood which is always great to see, though the chill in the air ensured that only a few lingered long enough to see Dennis Raffety complete the course as tail runner.

Congratulations to Dave Cary on reaching his 50th parkrun this week.

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Dave Carey completing his 50th

As usual, our esteemed event director proves that even on a middling, grey parkrun, in the middle of March there are enough statistical oddities in the numbers to last at least the length of a cup of tea - so here we go:

Nobody finished in the 21st minute – last time that happened was in February 2016

We saw the name Alison for the 200th time

For the 1st time we saw the names Tiana and Karina

200th time we have seen the surname Lambert

50th time we have seen the surnames Lee and Knox

19 PBs with most of these being for new runners. Philip Pugh (0:19) and Joshua Whitton (0:42) were the only 2 runners who have run at least 5 time at Tring and also recorded a PB this week

Well done to Tony Peacock who ran his 1st parkrun in March 2016 and set a PB this week at his 2nd parkrun. And similarly, Alarik and Emma Knox who ran their 1st in October 2016 and knocked off over 7 minutes from their PB at this week’s parkrun which was also their 2nd parkrun.

Chris Felden recorded his 3rd PB in his last 3 Tring parkruns and 2 PBs in 2 for Thomas Felden, Anna Dalgas, Jane Gaherty, Dilan Baraus, Joshua Whitton and Molly Light

We saw the following clubs for the 1st time; Enfield & Haringey AC and Portishead Running Club

See you all next week
Katie
Run Director

 

Tring Park parkrun #183 –The Beast Bites!!!!

There had been a lot of warnings about ‘The Beast from the East’ causing major issues through the entire week but Tring had remained pretty unscathed…… until Thursday when suddenly the Beast Bit! We had snow all day Thursday and then more on Friday afternoon when it started to come down heavier than ever.

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A lot of parkruns cancelled pretty quickly but at Tring we wanted to maintain our ‘182 not out’ record so myself, Ken Douglas, Andy Collings and John Manning arrived in the park at 16:30 Friday evening to recce the course and assess the risks. As soon as we got there things didn’t seem that bad and after a full lap and post run discussion, in the Pub!, we all agreed to go ahead and the Tring parkrun PR machine went into overdrive.

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 ‘Testing’ the course on Friday evening

Now onto the run itself. Firstly a huge thank you to all the volunteers who braved the elements to set up the course, man the marshalling points and manage the finish line. Many thanks to  Andy Collings, Andy Evans, Barry Watson, Carol Page, Chris Millar, Chris Parker, Elizabeth Daniel, Ella Van De Linde, Len Van De Linde, Ken Douglas, Louise Bladen, Philippa Storr, Sarah Watson, Steve Bladen, Stuart Page, Vicky Lea, Vicky Wilson and William Brookman. A special thanks to Will who took some great pictures and braved the elements in his shorts!

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The volunteers gather

Not surprisingly we had our lowest attendance since December 2016 with 139 runners completing the run. However, despite the snowy conditions, we still had 9 PB’s. Congratulations to Oliver Moore, David Geary, Jim King, Ben Baker, Graham Cooper, Emma Bisgrove, Yogi Powell, James Geary and Tigi Herbert. Well done to everyone that got a PB, there were some amazing improvements which I think shows that snow is a lot faster than mud!

 

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And their off!

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The view looking back from gate one.

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The view looking back along the ‘Ride’.

We had two milestones this week with Ian Down and Michael Fryer both completing their 50th parkruns and earning the coveted red shirt, well done to both you.

This week we welcomed back Eye Community Runners who smashed their previous attendance record with 6 runners this week (If you didn’t know -  Eye Community Runners are based in the village of Eye, four miles east of Peterborough). It was great to see you at Tring and well done on making the journey from Eye in the conditions, we hope to see you again soon.

The snow didn’t stop Lorraine and James our 2 remaining members of the Year 4 100% club and well done to Janet Reeve who managed the equally challenging task of finishing 101st on her 101st parkrun.

First across the line this week for the Ladies this week Claire Hallissey in 22:57 followed by Tilly Green in 24:43 and Elaine Bunn in 26:49.

For the men Billy Jackson was fastest in 20:23 followed by Roger Seed in 20:37 and Michael Fryer completing his 50th in 20:37

Well done to all those that ran this week, for a full list of all this weeks’ results please go to http://www.parkrun.org.uk/tring/results/latestresults/

For news , photos, videos and updates don’t forget to visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/tringparkrun and you can now follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/tringparkrun .

If you would like to volunteer please email tringhelpers@parkrun.com with a preferred role or any offer of assistance and we will add you to future rosters.

Thank you and see you on Saturday.

Richard Murphy

Run Director

 

Snow Patrol

UPDATE AS OF FRIDAY EVENING March 2nd, 7:30pm

As things stand we are good for tomorrow morning. The route is runnable, even allowing for the additional snowfall expected overnight.

HOWEVER - it is quite hard going in the snow. We recommend wearing trail shoes or something with good grip. Also it will take a lot more effort and so PLEASE take part only if you are confident of your fitness (we do not want our volunteers having to spend too much time exposed to the elements as they cannot walk/run to keep warm)

ALSO - access by road remains very tricky. The local car park is CLOSED and we request that you PLEASE DO NOT park on Hastoe Lane, which is already hard to drive up. Instead please find parking in town and allow extra time to walk to the park. PLEASE check road conditions and do not take risks if you are travelling from outside Tring.

If you can walk/jog to the park we strongly recommend that you do so.

And FINALLY - as always we will check the route again early tomorrow morning, just in case the forecast is wrong or anything else changes. If things take a turn for the worse we may yet cancel so please look out for a last update here at 8am-ish.

Thank you.

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Tring parkrun #179

Tring Parkrun #179

It was the last January parkrun in 11 months and I am sure I speak for lots of us when I say thank goodness for the end of January. The days should be getting longer and warmer from now on!

Still 187 budding parkrunners arrived at Tring Park for our 179th parkrun. This week we welcomed 8 first time parkrunners and 14 tourists visiting Tring Park for the first time. Welcome to you all. It still amazes me how in the depth of winter PBs are set but 11 people successfully recorded PBs. Well done to each of you.

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All our wonderful volunteers, including our 14 pacers (perhaps this explains all the PBs), did a great job assisting and supporting our runners. We really value our volunteers without whom there would be parkrun. It is therefore a sincere thank you to each and every one of;

Adam Swan, Alison Bill, Amelie Bunn, Andrew Powell, Andy Evans, Andy Neill, Anna Lambert, Anna Powell, Benjamin Bunn, Chris Bill, Chris Nicholls, Christopher Parker, Clare Murphy, Claudia Selina, David Severs, Dominic Veal, Elaine Bunn, Hettie Swan, Holly Bunn, James Foskett, James Maple, Jos Bartlett, Katrina Bond, Ken Douglas, Matt Beatty, Noah Roger, Paul Mccormack, Phil Roger, Philippa Storr, Rachel Wray, Richard Long, Richard Murphy, Ross Lambert & William Brookman.

We are always looking for more volunteers. All of the roles are easy, fun and come with simple instructions. If you are willing to help us please visit our volunteer roster http://www.parkrun.org.uk/tring/futureroster/ to see what roles we have available. Please then email tringhelpers@parkrun.com to let us know you can help.

It wouldn’t be a Tring parkrun report without our super statistics. Let’s see what the super computer kicked out this week.

  • Patricia Cue and Kaye Quinn were running their 467th and 442nd parkruns respectively. These are the 2nd and 3rd highest numbers that we have ever seen at Tring and indeed our highest 3 are now all female.
  • Visitor Carolyn Britton ran her 100th parkrun.
  • Junior James Herbert ran his 10th parkrun.
  • Kevin Lynch sets the 10th longest ever Tring sequence with his 22 Tring parkruns in a row.
  • Zoe Chappell achieved 2 PBs in 2 weeks.
  • 50th appearance of the name Darren.
  • 400th appearance of the Surname Bladen and 100th by Williams and 50th by Relph.
  • Of those who've run at least 5 times at Tring, Enid Fleetwood smashed her PB by 3:03 - Wow, PBs also for Paul Crudge (0:24) and Zoe Chappell (0:21).
  • 1st time we have seen 3 Handy Cross Runners at the same event.
  • Colin Baker finished 34th on his 34th parkrun
  • Jonathan Pegg removed himself from 12th place on the UK list that you don't want to be on - the “Visited most different parkruns without a visit to Tring” – having seen 175 others already!

We hope you enjoy this week’s parkrun.

Ross and Anna

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